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Plantin - Moretus Museum

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Address: Vrijdagmarkt 22, Antwerp, Belgium
Phone Number: 32 03 221 1450
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Description: Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the...
Printing museum which contains the two oldest printing presses in the world, complete sets of dies and matrices, and the full archive of the Plantin printing company.
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good for anyone interested in history culture and literature

I was there for a school assignment at the time and even though i didn't know about it before that, it was an enlightening experience. for anyone interested in the invention of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I was there for a school assignment at the time and even though i didn't know about it before that, it was an enlightening experience. for anyone interested in the invention of the printing proces, or any medieval history fan, this is the place to be. a very nice historical decor is a cool finishing touch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

A dive into the history of the first 'industrial' printing press and the extraordinary books the Plantin and Maretus family collected and produced. Particularly impressive is the first polyglot bible (in latin, Greek , Hebrew, Syriac and Aramaic), one of the world's first atlas - the Mercador atlas from 1595- and the valverde human body illustrations in one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

For years I have been interested in calligraphy and love viewing beautiful hand written manuscripts from the Middle Ages, so on a recent visit to Antwerp it was a must to visit the centuries old printing house of Christophe Plantin and Jan Moretus, which was established by Plantin in 1555 and passed on to Moretus his son-in-law on his death.... More 

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Frederick, Maryland, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Very informative about the history of printing in Europe. A lovely courtyard good shop with unusual souvenirs Great place to take kids interested in history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Very nice museum, awesome prints, paintings and furniture. If you like books, old stories ('family stories')you and want to learn something about old printing techniques this museum it,s just perfect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We really didn't know what to expect when we came here, but we were blown away. Not only a fascinating history of printing, but a very interesting building as well. A must see!

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The audio tour is very intelligent and could be considered wordy and boring, but it was very enlightening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

It was a Big surprise o visit the museum. The location is central. It is diferent and tela us the historie. Perfect when You don t love museum ...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Since I myself am studying graphic design I enjoyed every second in this delightful museum. Every piece has fascinating details and I could spend all day in there. Letterpress, library examples, old illustrations and astonishing engravings, typographic details and amazing ligatures in antique books I have never seen anywhere else. Gives you a true experience how much effort was put... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is a piece of history of humanity: the first ever printing business in the world. They got a HUGE collection of books: an atlas from Mercator himself, the Plantin Polyglot Bible, and LOTS of illuminated books. Magnificent!

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